|The Colorado River, the old gateway to California.|
Yuma is often viewed as nothing more than a way-point to bigger cities like Phoenix, Tucson, or San Diego (depending on your direction). However, Yuma has a lot of history for travelers looking for a small town weekend getaway. Yuma’s part in United States history began during the California Gold Rush when the Yuma Crossing over the Colorado River was used as the gateway to California. Today Yuma is an important agricultural town, but it still has vestiges of its past preserved in its historic districts.